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Each year, from October 1–31, in honor of our Zoo’s founding, children ages 3–11 are admitted free to the Zoo and Safari Park when accompanied by an adult. The Zoo’s Guided Bus Tour and the Skyfari Aerial Tram are not included with Kids’ Free entrance and must be purchased separately at the Zoo. The Safari Park’s Africa Tram Safari and the Conservation Carousel are not included with Kids Free entrance and must be purchased separately at the Park.

Adults may purchase their admission ticket(s) online, by phone, or day of at the Zoo or Safari Park. Qualifying children entering free will not need a ticket.

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The Zoo and Safari Park no longer offer a single free admission day (traditionally called Founder’s Day). Instead, the month of October is now called “Kids’ Free” with a free 1-Day Pass ( entrance only) offered to children 11 years and younger at both the Zoo and the Safari Park.
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AAA members who show their valid AAA membership cards at ticket windows located at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park receive 10% off a 1-Day Pass. Valid for up to 6 people. Discount cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer. AAA discount cannot be applied online as guests need to present their AAA card in person.
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Airline- and cruise line-eligible employees presenting a company-picture identification badge or CLIA card and one accompanying guest will receive a 10% discount off the 1-Day Pass at the Zoo and Safari Park ticket windows. All other accompanying guests pay the full ticket package price at any ticket booth at the same time the airline/cruise line ticket is processed. Discount cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer.
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Travel Agents, wholesalers, and tour operators presenting a valid IATA or IATAN card with picture ID receive a 10% discount off the 1-Day Pass at the Zoo and the Safari Park ticket windows. One accompanying guest will also receive the 10% discount. All other accompanying guests pay the full ticket package price at any ticket booth at the same time the travel agent ticket is processed. Discount cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer.
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Seniors age 65 and older receive a 10% discount off the 1-Day Pass. Discount cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer. Senior discount cannot be applied online as guests need to present their photo ID in person.
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Effective September 1, 2016, Students age 12 and older receive a 10% discount off the Adult 1-Day Pass.  Discount cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer. Student discount cannot be applied online as guests need to present their valid student ID in person.

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The San Diego Zoo is a not-for-profit conservation organization that raises funds to maintain its parks, provide state-of-the-art animal care for endangered species, and pursue conservation efforts around the world. Most of our funds are raised through admission and on-grounds sales at our parks. Unlike most zoos in the US, we are not largely supported by municipal, state, or federal funds. In the interest of supporting our conservation mission, we do not offer complimentary or discount admission to members of other zoos.
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A complimentary 1-Day Pass to the San Diego Zoo and/or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is offered to U.S. Armed Forces, including active duty members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard; members of the Reserve components (Ready Reserve, National Guard, and Reservists in training); and cadets of service academies and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Additionally, we work with the MWR Department on board local military installations to offer discount packages for families, retirees and others. Please contact your military MWR Ticket Office for discount requirements on ticket purchases. Complimentary admission is reserved exclusively for active duty service members upon presenting official identification.
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Guests who visit our parks in groups of 15 or more receive a 10% discount off the 1-Day Pass. We also offer Meal Vouchers, accepted at participating restaurants. Meal vouchers are $14 per person.

Group reservations and Meal Vouchers can be arranged through our Reservation Sales Department at 619-718-3000.

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